Dell Launches AMD-Powered Inspiron Gaming Desktopby Ryan Smith on May 30, 2017 12:00 PM EST
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- Computex 2017
Alongside their new all-in-ones, Dell is also taking the wraps off of a new gaming desktop tower this morning. Dubbed the Inspiron Gaming Desktop, the new gaming-focused system is aimed at budget-conscious gamers with a starting price of $599.
Right off the bat then, the specs turn out to be quite interesting. Instead of using Intel chips, the system will be powered by a selection of AMD processors, from the 7th-gen quad-core AMD A10-9700 APU on the low end to the more-powerful 3.8-GHz AMD Ryzen 7 1700 CPU on the high end. The choice of AMD’s processors makes sense for the low-end configuration given the budget pricing, while at the higher-end it’s an interesting show of faith on Dell’s part (though equally likely, they want to use the same motherboard throughout the line).
For graphics cards, you have a choice between an AMD Radeon RX 560 GPU with 2GB of VRAM or a faster, Radeon RX 580. Or you can go the NVIDIA route and get a GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of VRAM. Dell is also offering a dual-GPU option, though outside of perhaps VR (which of course, Dell is promoting here as well), I’d argue a single GTX 1080 would be a better choice.
Memory configurations start at 4GB, maxing out at 32GB DDR4 memory. Dell's offering several storage options, running the gamut from a 3.5-inch 500GB hard drive to a 256GB M.2 SSD. Keep in mind that the tower has five additional bays, so you can upgrade to your heart's content. Meanwhile in another surprising move for a gaming desktop, Dell is offering both Windows 10 and Ubuntu Linux as OS options.
As for the tower itself, at first glance you wouldn't be shocked if you found the Inspiron Gaming squirrelled discreetly away in someone's office. The 30.1 pound, 18.1 x 8.5 x 17.2-inch chassis is made of gray anodized aluminum with black plastic vents positioned along the sides on a slant. Dell lets you show off the system's gamer aesthetics by enabling the optional polar blue LED lighting that will emanate from between the vents. Meanwhile for cooling, the Inspiron Gaming Desktop will surprisingly offer both air and liquid cooling solutions.
Wrapping things up, like the other devices Dell has announced today, the Inspiron Gaming Desktop is launching immediately, and should be available later today on Dell’s website.
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Gothmoth - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - linkso when dell jumps onto ryzen i guess the infant issues are solved now?
T1beriu - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - linkThe source link is broken.
nathanddrews - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - linkAs far as affordable pre-built systems go, Dell does really nice work with compartmentalization, cable management, and build quality. Gotta give them credit for the nice case design, too. I don't usually like asymmetrical designs, but I really like this one... except a red LED would be ideal for both branding and aesthetics.
milkywayer - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - linkIt's all objective but meh, they could do a better job with the case design. I'll be sticking with my Corsair Obsidian 750d Airflow.
Samus - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - linkI agree. This is actually more attractive than their Alienware brand at half the price, and probably the same motherboard. Precision desktops often bake in most of the Alienware stuff, and vice versa.
tipoo - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - linkDoesn't seem too overpriced compared to a home build at the low end at least. If someone wanted to save the time and have single source support, seems a fine option.
Hxx - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - link2 DVD drive bays? one slim and one normal? That's going back in time i suppose. I would have prefered a fan controller or anything else that would still keep it budget minded and modern at the same time. Too much to ask from Dell
DanNeely - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - linkFrom the service manual, it's an included slim optical drive and an empty 5.25" bay for whatever you want to put in it. A fan controller is way to enthusiast-fiddly to be default included in a mass market consumer system.
Hxx - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - linkor just take them out all together and drop the height of the case. there is nothing behind it anyway, and a usb portable dvd drive is dirt cheap , heck they can even offer it as a bundle with the system and probably won't increase price. They are just not in tune with current market trends
HomeworldFound - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - linkSomeone might like it, I still use an internal BD-RW drive. I dislike using my externals as it's more clutter and mess.